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Out of the Ashes 5k

Sat October 12, 2024 Charlotte, NC 28212 US Directions


Competitive 5k

$40 5:00PM EDT - 5:00PM EDT Price increases after August 1, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Remembrance Walk

$40 5:45PM EDT - 5:45PM EDT Price increases after August 1, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual 5k

$40 Registration ends October 9, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


6850 Monroe Rd
Charlotte, NC US 28212



October 12, 2024
East City Church, 6850 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212
Race start: 5k at 5:00 p.m., 1 Mile Walk at 5:45pm
Closing ceremonies and Special Program: 6:30 -8 p.m.

5K and  1 Mile Remembrance Walk entry fees:

Early Bird: $40 until August 1st
$45 until Oct 9th
$50 day before/ day-of race
Kids under 10 can participate for free in the 1 mile Remembrance Walk, with no shirt.

Virtual race: $40


Proceeds: Out of the Ashes Foundation

Our organization serves and supports couples and families who are grieving pregnancy loss and infertility.

  • Creating and shipping care packs for newly-bereaved parents
  • Growing our Medical Bill Relief Grant, which covers medical bills associated with pregnancy loss, infant loss and infertility discoveries
  • Facilitating faith-based support groups
  • Hosting connection and community events
  • and implementing other new initiatives
What to expect

Each year, our hope is that this race will be a place to remember and acknowledge every woman who longs to be a mother and every life gone too soon. Our race consists of both a competitive 5k run or an interactive Remembrance Walk (1 mile). The interactive element has markers every kilometer representing the infertility journey, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss.

The route is mostly flat through a residential neighborhood. Roads will not be closed, so please be cognizant of driveways and neighborhood traffic. We will have a security vehicle at the front leading the runners. The route is 2 loops, with the second slightly shorter than the first. Please look for way-finding signs and volunteers to help direct you throughout the route. Awards will be given to top 3 finishers in each age category.

Along the route – at the different markers – you will see tables with candles and signs representing the stage of pregnancy. If you are walking in memory of a child gone too soon or a couple who longs to be parents – write the family name or the child’s name on a lantern and light a candle in his/her memory. We will release the lanterns at the end of the night. Many parents grieve these various losses in isolation, unsure of how to feel and unaware of shared experiences in their community. Our hope is that this race will be a tangible picture of those affected by this type of loss.

At the conclusion of the race, we will recognize top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age category for the competitive 5k and virtual run. We will also hear from a few speakers about their personal experience with pregnancy loss, early infant loss, and infertility. We hope this will be a sweet time to come together as a community and support each other as we remember the significant lives of those we’ve lost. We encourage all participants to stay for this part of the event. 


How this race was born

On October 23, 2019, my husband and I gave birth to our stillborn daughter, Hannah. She had died 2 days before at 29 weeks gestation. I only knew two people – in my 31 years — who had experienced this before. But since then, I have watched many untold stories come into the light.

Why the silence?
1 in 4 women experience miscarriage. 1 in 160 experience stillbirth. And 1 in 8 experience infertility. These numbers are staggering, and these women are all around us – in our places of work, our neighborhoods, churches and families. Somewhere along the way, there has been a sad silence surrounding the grief that comes with these realities.

Is there something wrong with us? With our bodies? Pregnancy is supposed to be so natural. But we can see now, with more clarity than ever, that every life born into this world is an absolute miracle.

For those of us whose pregnancies ended before we could bring home our babies, it’s difficult to find ways to honor those precious lives. Many of us want to keep their memories alive, but the world around us keeps moving, leaving us alone in our grief. A lifetime seems like an impossible time to wait, but until we meet again, we will honor the life they had – in the womb or in the far-too-few moments on this earth.

We have learned that beauty will rise out of the ashes as we allow their significant lives – no matter how short – to have an eternal impact.

“…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” – Isaiah 61:3

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